PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A federal court judge has allowed an Oregon standoff defendant Kenneth Medenbach to be released from jail while awaiting trial but will keep the last holdout in the armed takeover in custody.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Jones said Wednesday he remained concerned about David Fry’s mental instability and threats of “suicide by cop” before his surrender to FBI agents.
Jones also said a psychological report on Fry states that Fry is concerned about invasions from outer space and has spoken of a wish to be reincarnated as a woman.
Fry objected to the judge’s characterization of those statements. The 27-year-old has pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiring to impede federal officers from doing their work at the refuge.
Fry was the last occupier to surrender at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Feb. 11.